Two great new trails for south west

Two new waymarked routes in Scotland developed by The British Horse Society now form part of Scotland’s Great Trails.

The Romans and Reivers Route and the Cross Borders Drive Road, both part of South of Scotland Countryside trails, have been added to Scotland’s Great Trails, bringing the total number to 26.

The historical Cross Borders Drove Road, a stunning 52-mile route for walkers, cyclists or horse-riders, offers a great variety in terms of scenery, surfacing, cultural and other interest. As its name implies, the route follows sections of former drove road between Harperrig on the A70 (Lang Whang) south-west of Edinburgh, over the Cauldstane Slap – the pass over the Pentland Hills – through West Linton to Peebles and Traquair (all three form good access points to the route for horse riders), and onward via the Yarrow Valley to Hawick.

The Romans and Reivers Route, which starts at Ae Forest in Dumfries and Galloway and ends in Hawick, is also 52 miles long. It follows old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and short sections of quiet lane through the heart of notorious Reivers country, providing enjoyable walking, cycling and riding through the Southern Uplands. It is mainly through sheltered woodland and forestry, with some sections through more open farmland.

Caroline Fyfe at Scottish Natural Heritage said: “We’re really pleased that these two routes have been included in the family of Scotland’s Great Trails in 2013. They were developed with multi-use as a key objective, and thus contribute greatly to the opportunities for long distance, off-road journeys by horse, as well as by bike and foot.”

Scotland’s Great Trails are nationally promoted trails for people-powered journeys. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and has a range of visitor services. At least 25 miles in length, they are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips. Collectively, the 26 different routes provide more than 1,700 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands, offering great opportunities to explore the best of Scotland’s nature and landscapes and to experience our amazing history and culture.